The newest vertical: Protecting solar panels

As alternative energy booms, crooks take notice
Wednesday, December 2, 2009

NAPA, Calif.—Napa Valley is known the world over for its wine production, but less well known is those same wine makers’ passion for alternative energy. Growing as fast as the grapes are fields of photovoltaic solar panels, used to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. Along with this growth, however, has come a growth in criminals stealing these panels for resale on the black market and reported installation by unscrupulous solar-panel vendors.

To combat that growth in crime, new alarm companies have arisen and established alarm companies have created solutions to specifically address the problem.

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